“If we can knock off LG-KT and become No. 1…” A 19-win foreign ace, a triple champion, and a dream bigger than MVP
September 20, 2023 | by cabarettoenennu.com
NC Dinos’ 19-win foreign ace Eric Peddy, 30, has a bigger dream than pitcher of the year and regular season MVP. With 23 games to go, the Dinos will try to dethrone second-place KT and first-place LG to finish first in the regular season and win the overall title.
Pedi started the 13th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against Doosan at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on April 19, giving up one run on six hits, one walk, 12 strikeouts and throwing 106 pitches for his 19th win of the season.
His fastball (45), which topped out at 154 mph, along with his curveball (46), cutter (12), and changeup (3), were all on point as he easily earned his 18th quality start of the season. He also set a new single-game strikeout record, surpassing his previous mark of 11 (April 30 against Daejeon Hanwha and September 5 against Changwon Kiwoom).
Speaking after the game, Pedi said, “I went into today’s game thinking that Doosan is the team right behind us in the standings. I pitched my heart out and I’m very satisfied with the win.” “Of course, there were moments when I wasn’t in the position I wanted to be, but I was able to pitch well thanks to the good framing of my catcher, Kim Hyung-jun,” he said of his 19th win.
Pedi nearly blew the game in the bottom of the ninth inning when Lee Yong-chan made a mistake. After giving up a solo home run to Yang Ji Hyun in the bottom of the ninth with a 2-0 lead, Yong-chan allowed Jose Rojas to score on a throwing error by second baseman Park Min-woo, but then got Kang Seung-ho to ground out to shortstop to end the game without allowing the tying run to score.
“It’s weird, but I felt calm in the ninth inning. My defense and bullpen were the reason I was able to win 19 games. I just kept believing in them,” he said, showing his trust in his teammates.
Peddy improved his season record to 19-6 with a 2.13 ERA in 26 games and remains the league leader in wins (19), ERA (2.13), and strikeouts (181). Only three pitchers in history have won the triple crown: Sun Dong-yeol (1986, 1989-1991), Ryu Hyun-jin (2006), and Yoon Seok-min (2011). If Pedi wins the triple crown, he will become the first foreigner to do so.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it, but I think about the team more than I think about myself. The team needs me, and if I miss a pitch, the Triple Crown is gone,” he said. “I have the mindset that I can pitch whenever the manager needs me to pitch. When I think about the playoffs, I’d like to have a little bit of a break, but I’m always ready to pitch for the team 온라인바카라.”
Regarding the regular season MVP award, he said, “I heard a lot of comments this season that NC is not suitable for fall baseball, but I have been playing well with my teammates, and if I play well like today (19th), I would like to win the MVP, and if I win, I will give the MVP honor to my teammates and the club.”
With Pedi at the helm, third-place NC has won two straight games and six straight on Tuesday to stay within 3.5 games of fourth-place Dusan and one game of second-place KT.
“It’s very important to look at the teams that are chasing us, but personally, I’m just looking ahead,” said Pedi, who expressed his desire for a direct trip to the Korean Series, saying, “There’s nothing better than to knock off LG and KT and go into the postseason as the top team in the regular season.”